Friday, 28 October 2016
Today in rock history 29th October
1944 – Moody Blues guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine is born on the Jersey coast in England 1946 - Peter Green-guitarist for Fleetwood Mac is born 1955 – Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin Dubrow is born in Los Angeles. 1967 – During an American promotional tour, Pink Floyd appear on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. They lip-sync their single “See Emily Play,” but singer Syd Barrett keeps his mouth shut throughout the “performance.” 1967 – In Battersea, London, the Beatles shoot more sequences for their film The Magical Mystery Tour, including the scene in which Ringo and his Aunt Jessie go up the street to the tour bus. 1967 – Hair, advertised as the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, opens off-Broadway at the Public Theatre in New York’s East Village. 1969 – In today’s Rat Magazine, one journalist gathers together all the evidence that Paul McCartney is indeed dead. 1971 – Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman is killed when he crashes his motorcycle to avoid a truck in Macon, Ga. 1973 – The Who’s double album, “Quadrophenia” received gold record status. 1975 – Joan Baez joins Bob Dylan as a member of his Rolling Thunder Revue. 1976 – Officials at Lancaster Polytechnic, Coventry, England, halt a planned show by The Sex Pistols, saying that they didn’t want “that sort of thing” in their town. 1977 – A 30 year old Rocker named Marvin Lee Aday, who uses the stage name Meat Loaf, releases his landmark album “Bat Out Of Hell”. Since that time, the LP has sold over 43 million copies worldwide. 1983 – Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” marks its 491st week on the Billboard album chart, surpassing the previous record holder, “Johnny’s Greatest Hits” by Johnny Mathis. 1990 – The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame announces their newest inductees: The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turner. 1996: Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose sent a fax to MTV saying that Slash was no longer the guitarist for Guns N’ Roses & hadn’t been in the band since 1995. 1996 – A Pasadena judge drops drug possession charges against Stone Temple Pilots’ singer Scott Weiland, saying that the singer had made definite progress in rehab. 1998 – Three ex-members of the San Francisco punk band the Dead Kennedys sue former lead singer Jello Biafra (Eric Reed Boucher), claiming he diverted money owed to his bandmates for his own use. 1999 – The surviving members of The Who, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, reunited for the first time in two years for a concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to launch Pixelon, a new internet video company. 1999 – David Lee Roth files suit against Edmund Anderson, the operator of a Web site that sells Roth collectibles, charging that Anderson breached his contract with the singer. 2003 – Puddle of Mudd announce a sweepstakes in which the winner will join the Florida grunge clones as a fifth member for a week on tour. 2003 – Joan Jett appears on TV’s Crossing Over With John Edward. The “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” singer serves as a psychic conduit for friends to hear from their daughter, who recently passed away. 2003 – Steve O’Rourke, manager of Pink Floyd since 1968, dies in England of a stroke. He is 63. 2005 – The four original wax heads of The Beatles that were used for the cover of their Sgt. Pepper album were auctioned off after being discovered in a back room at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London. The winning bidder paid £81,500 for the set.